|Vice Squad is a punk rock band formed in 1978 in Bristol, England.. Songwriter and vocalist Beki Bondage (born Rebecca
Louise Bond) has been with the band in the original line-up and when the band reformed in 1998. And now in the year 2006 they
are still going strong and touring the U.S.
This message is from their manager Stu:
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYBODY WE WORKED WITH IN 2005 FOR YOUR BELIEF AND SUPPORT,WITH YOU
WE HAVE TAKEN THE BAND OUT AROUND THE WORLD IN 2005 AND PROVEN THEY ARE ONE OF THE BEST LIVE
ACTS ON THE PUNK /ROCK CIRCUIT WITH A BRILLIANT GUITARIST IN PAUL,SOLID RHYTHM SECTION IN TONY AND
MIKE, AND IN BEKI WITHOUT DOUBT "THE" FINEST FEMALE SINGER IN PUNK ROCK.
2006 IS SHAPING UP TO BE EVEN BUSIER. THE BANDS BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM TITLED "DEFIANT" IS NOW
FINISHED.IT SHOULD BE OUT THIS SPRING ON SOS RECORDS IN THE USA AND WE WILL LOOK TO SECURE A
RELEASE IN EUROPE AS WELL. THE SECOND HALF OF 2006 IS LOOKING PRETTY BUSY WITH FULL TOURS TO
JAPAN AND THE USA/CANADA ON THE BOOKS AS WELL AS A FEW FESTIVAL APPEARANCES,A FEW UK SHOWS,A
FEW EUROPEAN SHOWS AND WE WILL STILL BE LOOKING TO BOOK MORE.
IF YOU WANT THE BAND TO PLAY,SIMPLY GET IN TOUCH WITH ME TO SORT IT OUT.
This interview was done with the vocalist Becky Bondage in 2006.
Are you still invoved with Animal Rights organizations?
Yes I am still involved with several animal rights groups. I got into the idea of Animal Rights as a young child, once I understood
they felt pain like we do, I could see no justification in causing them to suffer. Most children feel that way because they have a
natural sense of justice, but society in general tries to get them to see animals as there for human use only I held a jumble sale
for the RSPCA when I was 10 because that was the only animal welfare charity I knew of. I joined Animal Aid a few years later
when a punk mate showed me one of their newsletters. It was good to know there were thousands of other people who felt the
same way I did and now theres millions.
What made you continue Vice Squad?
Because I couldnt escape it. I played and recorded in other bands for years but people still associated me with Vice Squad and
kept asking me to play the old songs, so in the end I gave in and did the Holidays In The Sun festival, but only to see how it
went because I had a lot of bad memories from the old days and was very suspicious about the whole thing as I’d been ripped off
so badly in the past. To cut a long story short we ended up playing in Slovenia and I was hooked again.
What’s the difference in the punk scene compared to the old days?
A more professional attitude from promoters and record companies. I dont think the word punk means its ok to treat people and
fans badly. Overall I think the scene is better now than it was in the 80s, people tend to be more aware of whats going on
What countries have you toured? Did you get any culture shock?
Weve played in USA, Germany, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and
Norway. The only culture shock was that apart from a few notable exceptions they treat bands better outside the UK (ie feed
What does your song deal with?
Frustration, Corruption, Injustice, War, Punk Rock, Poverty, Defiance and Christmas!!!!
What are your long term and short term goals?
In the short term its mastering the new album and getting it released in as many places as possible and playing in as many
places as possible. Were hoping to tour the USA and Canada again this year and hopefully first tour to Japan as well as
Sweden and more TBC.My long term musical goals are to continue improving as a singer,songwriter and guitar player and
continue being a noisy bastard.
Your opinion about illegal music internet downloads?
If its a rich and famous band, they arent going to starve, but smaller bands probably are suffering because of it. The bands
royalty was / is always a very small percentage of what the cds sell for so the chances of earning a living from music was tiny
even before downloading became so widespread. The main fuss comes from the major labels who are losing out big time
because of it and its always hilarious seeing the rich and powerful suffer, but in this case other big corporations are making
money from the downloads. The point is that you wouldnt expect a plumber to unblock your toilet free of charge, yet we all think
nothing of taking someones artistic work without paying, and when its a rich artiste it wont hurt them. Yet on the other hand you
wouldnt expect someone acting on behalf of the plumber to give him 3% of the fee you paid and keep the rest for themselves.
The music business has always been one huge rip off where most artistes are concerned.
I have songs on release which I wrote and didnt sign away to a publisher and which therefore are legally mine, yet a certain label
has released said songs without my permission. Do I care if you download these stolen songs without paying the thief in
question - No. I strongly suspect the whole download debate is being used as yet another excuse to pay the artiste even less
than the usual pittance and that most people who download also buy a lot of cds and go to lots of gigs so theyre still keeping
Thanks for the questions.
|Vice Squad from the 80's
|Vice Squad from this year